CHIEF ENGINEER in Lagos, Nigeria

at Brent Consulting

Logistics / Transportation
Oil & Gas / Mining / Energy
Minimum Qualification
Bachelor's Degree
Required Experience
5 - 7 years
Employment Type
Full Time
Male or Female

Job Description

Job Purpose: 

Chief Engineer shall be responsible for the safe and efficient operation, care and maintenance of all the propulsion and auxiliary machinery on ship. He shall also be responsible for the proper performance and function of his department.


  • Operation, care, maintenance, repair, and correct functioning of all machinery, electrical, hydraulic, pneumatic and electronic equipment fitted on board.
  • Furnishing of propulsion,  power, light,  ventilation,  heat, refrigeration, compressed air and water, and for the correct operation and care of all machinery associated with this equipment
  • Operation, care and maintenance of all ship’s boats machinery.
  • The ordering, care and stowage of all fuels and lubricants.
  • The monitoring and possible maintenance of underwater fittings.
  • Compilation and upkeep of the Engine Room log Book.
  • Ensure that no equipment is operated in a manner that could result in damage to the equipment, injure the operation or cause damage to other installations.
  • Ensure that no equipment is operated in excess of its normal operating criteria, in an unsafe manner, or by persons not competent to work on or with the equipment.
  • Whenever equipment fails he shall personally carry out an investigation as to the cause so that the reasons can be assessed. He shall submit an IAR reports and list any recommendations that need to be implemented to ensure that the type of failure can be eliminated in the future. Where the failure is due to reckless, malicious, careless or unsound operation, he shall attempt to verify who was responsible so that precautionary action can be taken against the offender. This may take the form of training or disciplinary action.
  • Ensure that all technical personnel receive sound training in the performance of their duties.
  • Keep the master informed of the current bunker and lube oil figures and consumption.
  • Order, store and issues such stores and spares as are required for the efficient functioning of his department.
  • Responsible for the physical functioning of all fire fighting valves on board and is to ensure that an adequate numbers of spares are kept on hand so as to allow replacement and refurbishment of valves which give trouble.
  • Draw up the engine room defect list prior to arrival in port and discuss it in committee with the master and chief officer.
  • Advise the fleet superintendent of the necessity of any alteration or modification to the existing mechanical systems on board, and subsequent to any modification is to personally satisfy himself of its correct operation and then to ensure that the ‘’As fitted’’ drawings are brought up to date.
  • In the event of the malfunctioning of any equipment on board, draw this to the master’s attention and ensure that the effect on current and forthcoming operations is clearly understood.
  • May sub-delegate any part of his responsibilities when he feels that a subordinate is competent to assume the responsibilities. Such sub-delegation shall be included in the Chief Engineer’s Standing Orders.
  • Shall ensure that proper up to date records of all engine room stores and spare parts are carried out and the results passed to the fleet superintendent.
  •  Shall stand an engine room watch as operations dictate.
  • Shall provide the chief officer with the bunker tank contents at frequent intervals for the calculation of stability data.
  • Shall keep the engine room overtime records.
  • Shall draw up and keep amended the Chief Engineer’s Standard Orders.
  • Shall be responsible for the training on joining members of Officers and Crew in his department as required by ISM Chapter 6 and STCW95, Chapter VI, Section A-VI/1are carried out.
  • Shall ensure a log of working hours is kept for all watch keepers in his department to ensure the requirements of STCW95 Chapter6 and STCW95, ChapterVIII, Section-VIII/1 are fully complied with.
  • Shall be responsible for the upkeep of the OIL RECORD BLOCK.

He is the company designated safety officer on board and responsible for compliance with the safety requirements as legislated and as specified in the CMS.


  • A degree in Mechanical Engineering  or any relevant Engineering with not below second class lower grade. 
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  •  Excellent time management, organizational and follow-up skills.
  • Ability to utilize new techniques and ideas.
  • Computer literacy.
  • 3 years of managerial experience with proven leadership ability in a marine logistics company.
  • Management/Leadership experience
  • Must be disciplined and professional
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